In just the past three years, there have been six babies born in my immediate family. Each of my two sisters had twins, so that’s four, and then each of my two brothers had one child each, so that’s two more. Yeesh, I am one exhausted – and ecstatic – auntie! I have also been a busy seamstress sewing up handmade baby quilts for the latest batch of babies!!
The first two quilts are a matching set for my sister’s twins, one boy and one girl. I went with a monochromatic gray and white design, adding a small pop of color in the binding. One quilt was trimmed with mint green binding and the other with a soft pink. The pattern is called “Arrow Tail” which I copied from Laurel over at Sing All You Want, and I absolutely love it! The design is simple but fun, and it was a breeze to sew and quilt.
For the quilting, I decided to follow the natural chevron pattern with two lines of stitching in between each row. I think I had the most fun picking out the fabrics for this quilt. It was nearly impossible to make up my mind, however, so I ended up with seven different fabrics not including the bindings and backing!
The most recent quilt, for the most recent addition to the family, is a boy quilt in navy, cornflower blue, white and gray. It also has a really pretty pale blue and pearl white polka dot backing fabric that was very hard to capture in photos, but you can kind of see it in the second photo below.
For this quilt, I went with a herringbone pattern. I like the modern vibe of this quilt and I really love the way the different colors and patterns coordinate. For the actual quilting, I wanted to maintain the clean lines on the front, so I kept it simple with just five straight lines of stitching. Although, if I were to do this pattern again, I think I would do a criss-crossing pattern for the quilting instead. But that’s the nature of handmade, there is always room for improvement.
Between the handmade baby quilts, Halloween costumes and a custom order or two, I have been spending a lot of my free time sewing. While I absolutely love sewing, it has unfortunately meant that I’ve had very little time for blogging, so I apologize for the lack of posts lately. That being said, would you believe I have a second post already scheduled for later this week?! I know, two posts in one week, it’s crazy!
Stay tuned for an outfit post later this week. In the meantime, if you had more free time for hobbies, what would you be doing?
As always, thanks for reading! :)